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June 5, 2019
New Music: The Can-Can by Offenbach

Offenbach's famous 'Can-Can' is a classic of the genre... a high-octane dance that's full of energy, and sure to get your feet tapping! Here's an easy version in G major for Beginner violinists to try!

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June 4, 2019
Scale Acceleration Exercises

These new Scale Acceleration Exercises from Online Beginner Course A will help you to drill in your scale patterns in G, D and A major. Repeat each scale with increasingly short note values, until you can repeat the finger placements accurately at high speed!

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June 3, 2019
9 Techniques To Get The Most Out Of Your Violin Practice

To use time efficiently within your practice, you need to know *what* to do. Which types of exercises and activities are guaranteed to get you results? This checklist of Practice Techniques will help you to make a great start!

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June 2, 2019
Long, Long Ago for Violin - New Sheet Music

This nostalgic piece of music dates all the way back to the early 1800s. It became well-known in America by the mid 1800s, and has remained popular ever since!

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June 1, 2019
Copycat (Intonation Exercise)

Play an interval on one string, and then play the same notes in a different place on the violin, by moving to a different string and a different position... but be a careful copycat, and aim for the same pitch, wherever you climb!

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May 31, 2019
Could You Tell If There Was Woodworm In Your Violin?

For woodworm, a violin makes a tasty lunch! Let's explore how woodworm can damage violins, and what you can do to avoid woodworm problems in your violin!

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May 25, 2019
The Practice Menu - A Framework for How to Practise the Violin

One of the most important skills any violinist can have is knowing how to practise! This one single skill can transform your progress, because if you always know how to improve then you'll always be getting better and better!

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May 24, 2019
First Things First - Practising the 1st Finger

We've updated this piece, which you can find in Beginner Course A or in the Library, and added a playalong video! Can you play along with the music... in time, and in tune?

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May 23, 2019
At Anchor - Intonation Exercise

In this intonation exercise, 'anchor' your hand in the 3rd and 4th positions, then practise tuning the stopped notes in relation to the open strings.

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May 22, 2019
New in the Library: Music Theory

New in the Library... all Level 1 Music Theory is now live on the ViolinSchool Library for ViolinSchool members to download right now!

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May 21, 2019
Break It Down!

When we begin learning a piece of music, and find that it contains tough challenges, it's time to break down what's going on and understand the individual elements of each problem...

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May 20, 2019
Have You Seen The 'Clap Its'?!

A lot of learners ask us how to improve their rhythm skills, so we've put together some really useful Rhythm Exercises with playalong videos to help you keep time. Plus a new lesson about how to use them for rhythm and pulse training!

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May 19, 2019
Theme from William Tell for Violin (Level 1 Beginner)

Legend has it that William Tell, a Swiss marksman, was able to shoot an arrow into an apple on his son's head... at 80 paces! This famous melody is his 'theme tune'... and we've just added it to the ViolinSchool Library for you to download!

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May 18, 2019
Video: Rondeau from Abdelazer by Purcell - The Violin Orchestra

Here's a new video from the most recent VIOLIN ORCHESTRA concert in London. The Violin Orchestra plays Rondeau from Abdelazer by Henry Purcell, arranged by ViolinSchool's David Worswick. Filmed at St John's Waterloo in London, on Saturday 8th December 2018.

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May 17, 2019
What is Violin 'Sight-Reading', and Why Should I Do It?

Violin Sight-Reading is the process of playing something whilst you're looking at it for the very first time. It's a learnable skill, and the more you do it, the better you'll become. Enjoy the freedom of playing music - the first time you see it!

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May 16, 2019
George The Giant Tortoise

One of the loveable characters in our early stage tuition is the cool, ice-cream-loving tortoise George! He recently had his sheet music upgraded, and a great new playalong added too! So plug him into your earphones, and try playing along with the accompaniment!

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May 15, 2019
Why Music Theory Is Important

I taught a lesson today to a very experienced folk fiddler who could to play at a reasonably advanced level.He could read music, albeit a bit unsteadily, so I initially assumed he knew the key signatures and other musical theory too...

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May 14, 2019
Violin Key Signatures

What is a key signature? It's the group of sharp or flat signs written at the beginning of each stave. Read on to discover what that means, how it works, and why it matters...

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May 13, 2019
Introducing the NEW Online Beginner Violin Course from ViolinSchool

It’s official... we’ll be launching a completely new Online Beginner Violin Course on 30th May! Registration opens today, and you can read all about it here...

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April 4, 2019
The 10 Beat Challenge

Can you survive the 10 Beat Challenge? It's a great exercise for warming up your bowing action, and for making clear and consistent sounds on whole bows. As well as improving your bow control, it will help to get the instrument really ringing and resonating.

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April 1, 2019
Double Take - Intonation Exercise

For this intonation exercise, play an open string whilst stopping notes in 1st Position. Work out the name of each interval, then compare the stopped note to the open string to make sure it is in tune.

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March 1, 2019
What Should I Do Next In My Violin Practice?

Sometimes in violin practise, you've sorted out all the obvious things. You're unsure exactly what you need to do next. So what do you do?

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February 19, 2019
Happy Campers - Updated Sheet Music

To play this piece, you’ll only need your first finger! Make sure it’s always landing in tune, exactly a tone (two semitones) above the open string.

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February 17, 2019
Second Nature - Updated Sheet Music

For this lovely, lilting piece, you’ll only need the second finger of the left hand. Each time, it should land at the interval of a major 3rd above the open string.

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February 16, 2019
Pitch Perfect - Intonation Exercise

In this intonation exercise, 'Pitch Perfect', you need to move the same finger from the same place on one string to the same place on the next (and the next, and the next!), to create a series of Perfect Fifth intervals.

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